Ferry operators have seen a boom in duty-free sales since the restrictions were lifted, according to industry body Discover Ferries.
This year’s reintroduction of duty-free shopping on board has led to a surge in pre-Christmas sales, with passengers enjoying discounted festive gifts and drinks on services to the Republic of Ireland, France, the Netherlands and the Netherlands. Spain at the beginning of the year.
As Christmas approached, passengers enjoyed savings on board – up to 40% off High Street prices on perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery, beers, wines and spirits.
The more unusual items available on board are also favored by passengers, who want to pick up something they can’t get elsewhere.
Scottish operator, Caledonian MacBrayne offers a selection of sportswear for wild swimmers, hikers, cyclists as well as branded clothing and prints.
Likewise, ferry-themed toys, such as shipbuilding sets and stuffed animals, are popular gifts for future sailors and naval engineers.
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Operators are also seeing an increase in sales of gift vouchers to provide family and friends with their own travel options.
Abby Penlington, Director of Discover Ferries, said: “We’ve seen how eager Britons are to experience travel again, whether it’s a stay in the UK, on the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, a sailing and driving tour around Ireland, France, Spain or the Netherlands or just a day trip on the Thames or on the Isle of Wight.
“The myriad of freebies offered by ferry operators, from experiences to toys and more traditional duty-free items, means that the British public no longer sees ferries simply as a means to reach different destinations, but as a retailer and a provider of unique travel experiences.”
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